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#1 Old 02-20-2016, 08:33 PM
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Vegan convenience food from British supermarkets & convincing parents to cook vegan?

Hi! As of current, I am vegetarian because my parents have said they will not allow me to become vegan until I move out. This will not be possible until a few years down the line, as I am 15, but I'm determined to see if I can get them to reconsider before then.

My breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are vegan, as I make them myself; the only issue currently is dinner.

First of all, if my parents are not cooking, they tend to buy convenience food from a supermarket, usually M&S or Sainsbury's (they're British supermarkets). Things like sandwiches, wraps, salads, and cook chill meals. With the exception of a select few items which aren't always even in stock, everything has dairy, eggs, and/or honey in it. Bean wraps, falafel wraps, pasta bakes, curries, etc. Whenever I go shopping with them to choose something to eat, I can't really find anything vegan. If any of you from the UK know of any pre-prepared food they sell that's vegan, that'd be great.

And second of all, they are unwilling to cook vegan, which I suspect is down to the fact they don't know how. They don't really mind cooking vegetarian, just not vegan. And honestly I'm not sure how to cook vegan either, which is why I'd really appreciate some advice from you guys, although I am aware it's not difficult. Occasionally we eat dinner at my grandmother's house too, who can cook vegetarian dishes but I'm not sure if she knows about vegan ones. Any simple dishes I might be able to suggest?

If I can show them it isn't hard to find vegan food, that's at least a step in the right direction, even if they don't change their minds overnight.

Oh and I know this is a bit unrelated, but what do you think of these B12 supplements? Do you happen to know if these are vegan, and which you think I should go for? I do currently take a vegetarian-friendly multivitamin that includes B12, but it contains D3 which is of course not vegan.
https://groceries.morrisons.com/webs...3916_SHELFVIEW
https://groceries.morrisons.com/webs...3916_SHELFVIEW
http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Vitami...blets_1546016/
http://www.superdrug.com/Superdrug/S...blets/p/584843

And I was thinking of taking Omega 3 supplements for EPA/DHA, these any good? I can't find any that are advertised as containing EPA/DHA that are vegan, or even vegetarian.
https://groceries.morrisons.com/webs...3916_SHELFVIEW
http://www.boots.com/en/Vertese-Omeg...apsules_21547/
http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Vegeta...sules_1289948/
http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/...gans-450mg-x60

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well here seem to be two vegan ready meals.

http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/...red-curry-285g

http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/...e-noodles-270g

Amy's

Maybe you could look on the Sainsbury site for other things. I just typed 'dairy free' in the site's search, but not much came up....the site shows the ingredients.

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Ooh thank you, I've never actually seen those before. I'll have to keep a look out for them.
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And of course, a lot of Pot Noodles are vegan, if you want a small meal.
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Can you order from Amazon UK? They sell vegan DHA and EPA

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B005...=vegan+dha+epa
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Hmm, I generally don't have small meals. I have a massive appetite, haha.

Ooh that DHA/EPA supplement looks great, thanks!
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Hi Ember Ruby

M&S is pretty rubbish for vegan foods I'm afraid; they seem to add dairy to pretty much everything. They do some lovely broad bean falafel (expensive) and their extra olive oil hummus is deliciously creamy. Apart from those and a few crisp-like snacks they are pretty poor when it comes to catering for vegans.

Sainsbury has a veggie and vegan list but you may find some of the products are not available in your local store. It's a good starting point though.

ETA: This list appears to JUST be Sainsburys own products and doesn't list, for example, the Amy's meals mentioned above.

http://picasso.media.s3.amazonaws.co...Jan%202016.pdf
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M&S vegan products list from December 2015

http://health.marksandspencer.com/up...dfs/Vegans.pdf
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Omega 3s: walnuts, flax seeds, cold flax oil (flavoring, never cook flax oil), hemp seeds, hemp milk, fortified Silk milk, Francisco Rinaldi pasta sauce, and otherwise suggest you get a sublingual B12, rather than taking a cheap multi.

I'm not British so can't help with convenience foods, but Pinterest might assist you with simple recipes.
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